Call 811 before every digging project, large or small
(BPT) - With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals are ready to start projects that require digging this spring. During this transition into 'digging season,' Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the association dedicated to protecting underground utilities and the people who d...
Prepping your plate for more nutrients
(BPT) - Want to obtain the most nutrition out of your meals? Incorporate fresh ingredients and pay attention to how they are prepped. A variety of cooking techniques can make certain foods are more flavorful while maintaining high nutritional levels. 'To boost the flavor and nutritional value in our meals, we are constan...
Spring has sprung: tips for getting outside to play
(BPT) - After being cooped up during one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, families are eager for warmer weather so they can get outside and play. Research shows that play is an important part of children's physical, emotional and intellectual development. With spring upon us, now is a great time to make play ...
Expert tips for navigating tax-season changes
(BPT) - With the deadline for filing taxes fast approaching, there are myriad changes for the American taxpayer to consider. Between The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 'fiscal cliff' agreement), the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court's Windsor decision, it's easy for even the savviest taxpayer to get confused. Rob Fishbein, vice president in the Tax Department for Prudential , offers some tips and caveats to keep in mind when filing your tax return this year. 1. Same-sex spo...
Warning: Job scams pack a financial punch for employment seekers
As the country emerges from the Great Recession, many people are still looking for employment. Whether it's a full-time job or a second job to earn a little extra money, hard-working folks across the nation are applying to job listings online. But beware: lurking among the real jobs are cleverly designed employment scams...
Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
(BPT) - Spring is one of the best times of the year for many reasons. The light at the end of winter's tunnel, it conjures images of beaches, picnics, barbecues and more. For sports fans, it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Professional baseball is just getting started, the playoff races for professional bask...
Small business owners: Demand more from your tech [Infographic]
For the fifth consecutive year, Brother International conducted its Annual Small Business Survey. This year's survey focused on small business owner's adoption of technology, what technology they are investing in and what they are using it for. Survey benchmarks revealed that stress levels are significantly down this year. Click on the infographic for additional survey findings and information.
Flushing less water down the drain with better toilet technology [Infographic]
Twenty years since the original Energy Policy Act went into effect, the U.S. has transitioned from water-guzzling toilets using 3.5 gallons of water per flush (gpf) to low-flow 1.6 gallon models to high efficiency toilets using just 1.28 gallons. New data shows that the move from 3.5 gpf to 1.6 gpf alone has saved 18.2 trillion gallons of water. Follow the path to water efficiency, including MaP testing, WaterSense certification and energy savings. Plus, download a free e-book on high efficie...
Gluten free 101: What you need to know
(BPT) - You've probably been hearing a lot about gluten. Maybe a friend has gone gluten-free or a family member has been diagnosed with celiac disease or been advised to avoid gluten. So, what exactly is gluten? Is it something you should give up too? Gluten is a protein that is most commonly found in wheat, barley and r...
Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions
(BPT) - What are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while allowing couples to enjoy treasured family heirlooms. 'After years of leaning toward casual dinnerware, ...
Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts
(BPT) - Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn't a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue. Newly released survey results show that you're probably not alone with your maintenance concerns. The online survey was ...